Sunshine Coast stories now on Qld State Library website

The State Library of Qld have now made the stories from our Sunshine Coast pilot available for live streaming. Follow these instructions to listen to the full, forty-minute versions of over 80 conversations from the Sunshine Coast and surrounds. You can hear shorter versions of a selection of stories on our website.

Find the whole collection…

… by clicking here.

Dom and AlanFind an individual story

1. Click here for the Sunshine Coast collection of stories 
2. Press CONTROL F on your keyboard (or COMMAND F on Macs) to get a search box in the top right corner
3. Type in a name or key word and the individual story or stories should come up
4. If there is more than one match, click on the arrows next to the search box.

Listen to a story

1. For an individual story, click on ‘Listen to the oral history on mp3 format
2. Click on the tiny mp3 icon top left under ‘View options’
3. Go and make yourself a cup of tea! It takes a loooong time to load up, 2-5 minutes
4. Listen and enjoy!

Get help

Contact us for help to find or listen to these stories.

“It’s like a big nest.”

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Eleven year old Opia Hamilton-Delmas talks to her mother, Anne Delmas, about why she loves living in the hinterland town of Maleny.

Recorded in Maleny, Queensland

“I used to watch the brumbies swim over from Bribie and eat the grass.”

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Friends John Ensor and Des Dwyer remember their childhood  in Caloundra.

Recorded in Caloundra, Queensland

“Brisbane must be a terrible place because everyone got off in Melbourne and Sydney.”

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Maddelena Marcoionni talks to her daughter, Tina, and grand daughter, Gia, about leaving Italy after the war and heading to Australia with her husband, child and the promise of a bulldozer.

Recorded in Eumundi, Queensland

“He said to me, ‘Now close your eyes and don’t think about the dog.’”

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Graeme (Curly) Harris recalls making friends with an aboriginal man, and their meeting with a dingo, during a time of segregation.

 

Recorded in Eumundi, Queensland

“Thank you ASIO for keeping a lovely biography of my father.”

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Jason Costoulas invites his mother, Elly, to talk about the blacklisting of his father during the Menzies era.

Recorded in Caloundra, Queensland

“How do you tax people for Bunyas?”

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Justine and Richard Newport reminisce about what it was like living in and around Maleny in the 1980s.

Recorded in Maleny, Queensland

“That was the beginning of my love affair with Caloundra.”

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Anne Wensley tells her daughter, Yvette, about how her lifelong connection to Caloundra came about after having survived a life-threatening illness as a child.

 

Recorded in Caloundra, Queensland

“We saw these three handsome Australian airmen… and I said jokingly, ‘I’ll have that one in the middle.’”

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Sarah McCarthy talks to her daughter about meeting Ted, her husband-to-be, and what it was like to set sail for Australia as a war bride.

Recorded in Caloundra, Queensland

“It was silent and I just wept.”

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Gillian Pechey and Amanda Wilson from Frog Hollows talk about trying to stop the building of Baroon Pocket Dam and how one day their beloved river stopped running.

Recorded in Maleny, Queensland